Harbour Primary & Nursery School

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School Council

Welcome to the Harbour Primary and Nursery School Council page.


July 2017

         Jump Skip Charity Day -organised by school councillors and Mrs Elphick

Jump Rope for Heart for The British Heart Foundation, our charity this year, was a great success. The children have developed their skipping skills so well and the stamina of many was incredible. They have all worked very hard to be able to join in with determination and enthusiasm. Sponsorship money collected so far is £1,833! Thank you to all the family and friends that have supported the children by donating and to the family members who helped run the event.  

May 2017

The school councillors have been busy sorting through suggestions made by pupils. Most ideas posted into the suggestion boxes are now ideas that really will improve our school. This is how pupils’ voices have been heard:

  • We have such a lovely library but pupils were concerned that sometimes noise level in there were not appropriate. Noise monitor boards have been put up which we hope are helping to remind everyone that the library is a quiet place.
  • Classes were also reminded that if they are not happy with the selection of books in class book corners, that they can request a fresh selection is made from the library.
  • Requests were received that our back playground is made more colourful. Hence new playground signs and a climbing wall were ordered and should be seen soon. Also flower seeds have been planted by classes and the gardening club.

Staff have also made suggestions with ideas for improvements to our school:

  • Mr Voice has been asking all classes to monitor heating levels in classes, how well each class is recycling paper and ensuring lighting is not wasted. School councillors are asked to be aware of how successful their own classes are with these targets and feedback to meetings.
  • Mr Geering has asked school councillors to help ensure all ICT equipment is well looked after. Unfortunately, five times more has been spent on repairs this year than ever before. Sometimes we seem to forget how much our equipment is worth! School councillors will feedback, in assembly each month, how much of our ICT repairs budget has been spent. Anything not spent in the budget by the end of next March will be given back for resources which pupils feel are needed. Wow! What an incentive to look after our equipment! 

Spelling Bee – 13th June: School Council are delighted that we will continue to hold this spelling contest which last year’s school council first began. It is a great way of promoting the importance of practising spelling in a fun way. Look out on your homework for details.

British Heart Foundation – Jump Rope for Heart (5th & 6th July); This is the charity event which children voted for this year. A separate letter will be sent with detailed information. Keep skipping over the holidays and get busy collecting sponsorship.  


 March 2017

Following the School Council's assembly last month, it became clear that the majority of children were not making their voices heard. This month an increase in suggestions have been seen by class councillors. Please remember to always consider, 'Will my idea improve our school?'

The latest improvements you asked to be made to our school...

* Playground organisation continues to be trialled and changed based on how well you use different areas.

* The back playground will be made more colourful with the addition of a climbing wall and new signage.

* Book-corners are to be replenished by a visit to the library and while you are there please take time to notice the sound monitor. A number of children have told school council that the noise levels in the library are too loud.

* Skipping ropes and sponsorship forms have arrived for our Charity Event. Forms will be sent out the week before the May Half term holiday. This will give skipping practise time at home during the holidays too.

* The garden will be opened by the School Council once some plants are growing in it. Mr Chaplin is organising what each class will grow. Some classes will be given seeds and pots to start plants growing at home over the Easter holiday.


Feb 2017

The school councilors have been busy listening to the classes' ideas for how to improve the school. After listening to your thoughts, the following have all been put into action as a result:

  • Singing assembly is now normally twice a week!
  • Golden Point prizes are 50% easier to achieve!
  • A school garden is being built where you can grow your own vegetables!
  • Girls only and boys only football, at playtime, is being trialed.
  • We are supporting The British Heart Foundation as your charity of the year.
  • More playground equipment will be bought.

Thank you and remember to pop ideas in the year Group Suggestion box, if you think of anything else. Our next meeting is Friday 10th March.